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Shotesham Summer returns 😎👏….Sunday 5th September, though sadly leaving again now 😕 

Photo by Lindsay

The DIARY – Click here

Tour de Shotesham – Sunday 18th July gave us a glimpse of normality with the return of the Tour de Shotesham. Not too many entries, which wasn’t really surprising considering how hot it was, but nonetheless a great effort from the cyclists and good vocal supporters to keep them going. After testing the water in the first lap, Martin Muntingh showed the rest of the field a clean pair of pedals and completed the 5 laps in a little over 27 minutes.  
Other results -the fastest of the ‘mature gents’ was Tim Drake on 34mins, and an excellent run for the ladies winner, Teri Howard, 36 mins on a fixed wheel bike!!  We were also very much entertained by the fancy dress tandem pairing, thought we should keep their identity secret to protect reputations, but see photos below!

As we didn’t do a proper one last year, 2022 will be the TdS 10th anniversary, hopefully returning to April to avoid the heat, so get your bikes out and dusted down, and get some practise laps in….

The (Not Quite a) Village Fete on 21st August was a great success, we were well entertained by games and live music, but mostly it was just very good to be out amongst friends and neighbours. Thanks to all those who joined us for the (NQa) Village Fete andhelped to make it such a success, and the rain stayed (almost) away, at least until it got dark. If anyone took any photos that they’re willing to share on the website, please send them to Ken – resotan@aol.com

Barn Dance – despite the success of the Fete, we have regretfully decided that the Barn Dance won’t be happening the year due to the overall COVID environment. Hopefully back after harvest time next year.
Notwithstanding that, The SVA committee continue to look at what is possible, and are hoping to be able to do a few things in the build up to, and over, the Christmas period. Info here soon. 

Yoga class – now up and running on Tuesday evenings at the Trinity, unfortunately it’s booked up already and has a waiting list, please contact Kendra at kendrabarley@yahoo.co.uk if you’d like to be added to the list.

Shotesham Screen – First movie night went well and looking forward to a much lauded performance by Anthony Hopkins in The Father on Friday 8th October 7.30 Trinity Hall, read a review here. Tickets remain at £5. Ice Cream on sale. Contact Raz on 550122 or razwoollacott@gmail.com 

Walking in Shotesham –  with the summer back on Sunday 5th Sept, the walking group had a splendid outing in Southwold, with various lengths of walks, but all in for lunch at the Sail Loft. Next walk will be on Sunday 10th Oct, with following one on Thursday 28th meeting as always at Trinity at 10.15


Conservation Group – Photos below from session at Church Hill earlier this year, including a slow worm hiding in the haylage. Next session will be a Cut and Rake at St Mary’s, 9.30am on Sat 9th October. 

Zoom into Climate Challenge – The Hempnall Group of Parishes is hosting a pre COP26 Climate Challenge Evening on Tuesday 19th October at 7pm via Zoom. See here for details

Wildlife in Shotesham – who knew we had so many different wildlife species on our doorstep?! Village resident, Andy Musgrove is busy collecting and collating them all and, whilst in his own words he hasn’t got them all yet, click here for a few to be getting on with. Careful though, it could make your hair stand on end!!

…and some winter wildlife, courtesy of Tom Higgin

Couple of items free to good homes –
Mark & Kim Dyke are having a small garden project starting in next 10-14 days which will entail digging out around 10-12 m3 of soil. We’d be happy to donate to anyone locally who could use it (if they collect). If anyone can make use, please contact – 07786 331041. 
And Jane at the top of Roger’s Lane has a couple of black plastic ‘Dalek’ recycling bins to give away, if you can use any, please contact Jane at – jred@arolph.plus.com 
Other Information –

Even with the world wide crisis, some people are still looking to take advantage of any weaknesses. As always, please keep an eye out for any unusual activity, remember that if you spot anything suspicious the police can be contacted by phoning 101. 

SCAM AWARE! Due to the increasing occurrence of scams, we’ve decided to feature a log of examples on the site which will feature examples of things to avoid, and hopefully give a general of the types of scams that are out there. If you experience anything suspicious, please send evidence via email (Contact Us above) and we’ll add them to the list. Thanks for your help and, as always, don’t respond to anything you’re not sure of, and you can always look up the Scam Aware website or Google the company name (other search engines are available). REMEMBER, if it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck, it’s probably a DUCK! Click on the links for some examples – text msg – Email ProviderLetters promising $millions!!
To emphasise the extent of the SCAMMING problem,  click here  for an up to date message from our Community Police Engagement Officer, and advice from NLC on scam avoidance – see it here. Look out, other scams are available!! 

Community information….

Norfolk Local Councils (NLC) Campaigns – Reduce Single Use Waste Campaign  & Be Prepared For Flooding & Covid Testing update

Environment agency read here

ALSO, Norfolk Citizens Advice have launched a new initiative to assist individuals in need – Grants for Individuals in need database. The database is funded as part of the Coordinated Community Support Programme and is open access on the Norfolk Citizens Advice website. The database contains largely small local grant giving organisations that operate in Norfolk.
The webpage contains:

  • Brief information on how to use the database
  • A short video demonstration
  • A tips document on maximising successful applications with hints and tips from grant organisation trustees
  • A feedback link to report out of date information, suggest organisations to include,  or just give feedback on your experience of using the database

South Norfolk Council has issued a couple of guides to assist anyone planning an event as we continue to recover from COVID lockdowns, you can read them here.   

Norfolk County Council – info, advice and links  here

Norfolk Local Councils’ Wellbeing Group have produced an excellent article on Carbon Footprints and some actions which can be taken, click here, and they have also provided a pamphlet of Finance Awareness and Scam avoidance – see it here 

Bin Collection Calendars – South Norfolk have discontinued sending out hard copies,  full info here

South Norfolk’s latest bulletin containing a lot of good advice can be found at their website here….too big to attach!

National Association of Local Councils (NALC) – 2021 Points of Light, read it here

Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital’s ‘Settle in Services’ are looking for dedicated volunteers who wish to give something back to their local community. Volunteers meet patients on their day of discharge from hospital to help settle them back in to their own environment. Click here for more information 

South Norfolk older people’s forum, details here.

The Rural BulletinSeptember edition

For assistance with power cuts, please click this link from UK Power Networks

Thinking Fuel – If you feel you may be paying too much for your oil, Community Action Norfolk (CAN) have a scheme that may assist. Click here to see how you might save and here to see how it works, or go directly to the CAN website for more details.

Our local police officer is PC 1151 Sherry Locke who now holds the position of Poringland Beat Manager, contact details for all our local officers – click here.

Local Police info – latest Covid update from June – Covid Update  & Crime Prevention Bulletin 

First update from our new Norfolk Police & Crime Commissioner  (PCC) – August Newsletter

Hold Norfolk’s Chief Constable to account click here to raise questions via our PCC

Selected older news items are retained on the “News archive” page)